By Adrien Peron
From the October 2022 issue
The Maine Crafts Association’s Celebration of All Things Home, September 30 through October 2, find Maine craftsmen from every bar giving demonstrations and workshops (and craft fairs) in cities across the state. It’s a great weekend to pick up a new skill or tune in to an old one, says MCA CEO Alison Goodburn, “but it’s also to show how the creative economy is growing in Maine.” Check out these highlights and find the full schedule at mainecraftweekend.org.
Freeport Fall Festival
Nearly 200 New England artisans (and food sellers) spread across the courtyards, gardens, and meadows of downtown Freeport and the L.L. Penn campus. Look for everything from soap to scrimshaw to hot sauce. It’s a family affair – young artisans make colorful walnuts, gem trees and more at the kid-friendly stations. free. September 30 – October. 2. 207-865-1212.
In the modern house of the open house
Bobby Ann Tilkins Fisher, a Thomaston weaver, makes creations with colorful sculpted fibers from merino wool. Check out textile presentations during her open studio or sign up for a workshop for some hands-on lessons on weaving. free. October 1 10 A.m–2 eveningOctober 2, By the time. 73 High Street, 267-237-5413.
Make handmade earrings with 5 beads
Jeweler Tonya Gorman of 5Beads Handmade brings a selection of flashy beads and embossed paper discs to Monkitree, a funky craft store in downtown Gardiner, for an earring-making tutorial. Leave with a pair of your own design. $15. October 1, noon – 2 evening 263 Water Street 207-512-4679.
Travel exhibition at Amphitrite Studio
Katrina Kelly, who sews linen handkerchiefs, aprons, pillowcases, and more in her Newcastle studio, presents gifts and door prizes as she christens her restored 1968 fan travel trailer, decorated like a house full of gorgeous linens. free. October 1-2, 9 A.m–4 evening 115 Castlewood Rd. 207-837-4972.
Kim Bernard’s plastic recycling machines turn trash into pliable clay that a Rockland artist molds into surreal sculptures and installations. Bring a plastic jug to PopUpCycler stationed outside her studio to try your hand at recycled art. free. 1-2 october 9 A.m–5 evening 7 Laurel Street
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